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August/September 2010

What’s On in Fenland

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Welcome! Welcome to the August/September issue of ‘What’s On in Fenland’. As usual, you’ll find listings of both months’ events and activities. There’s plenty going on so there’s bound to be something to everyone’s taste. In the centre pages we highlight four of the main events this summer: the Bring and Share Cultural Festival in Wisbech, the Greener Living Fair in March, the Whittlesey Festival and the district wide, and indeed nationwide, Heritage Open Days Weekend. Towards the back of the magazine our Clubs and Groups section has expanded. To make it clearer it is now split into the market towns of Chatteris, March, Whittlesey and Wisbech, with a fifth section for the Villages. Our front cover, and the photo to the right, show the Fenland Arts Youth Theatre in their recent production of Bugsy Malone. The venue was Dunhams Wood near March and, despite the searing heat, the company entertained their audiences with song and dance numbers, comedy and, of course, the obligatory custard pie fight at the end! Dunhams Wood was a fantastic outdoor venue, which you can visit yourself this summer - see the listings pages for opening days. The Youth Theatre is taking a well-deserved break for summer but resumes again in September, offering classes for young people

aged 6-17. Please call 01354 652769 if you would like more details. Our next issue of ‘What’s On in Fenland’ will be for October/November. Please start sending your submissions as soon as you are ready, and remember that the deadline is August 27th. Contact Fenland Arts at info@fenlandarts.org.uk. We are, as ever, more than happy to feature your advertisements. For details of prices please contact the publisher as detailed below. Have a great summer!

‘What’s On’ is produced by Paradigm Publishing in association with Fenland Arts and Fenland District Council. Each issue has a print run of 6,000 and is distributed throughout Fenland in public places such as libraries, museums, Tourist Information Centres, arts places, galleries, community centres, village halls, pubs, leisure centres, hotels, B&Bs and cafes. It is also available to read online at www.paradigmpublishing.co.uk/whatson and at www.fenlandarts.org.uk. To have your event included in the listings pages please contact info@fenlandarts.org.uk. To advertise in ‘What’s On’, please go to www.paradigmpublishing.co.uk/whatson or contact advertising@paradigmpublishing.co.uk or 07590 116383. NEXT ISSUE: OCTOBER/NOVEMBER, DEADLINE AUGUST 27TH

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Fenland Arts An Accessible Recording Studio Serving Fenland Grange Farm Studio is a state of the art recording and production facility located in the beautiful Fens. With the residential option, the studio is housed in a purpose designed and renovated 200 year old barn on 10 acres, running a ProTools HD2 system with both a DigiDesign C|24 console and Soundcraft 6000 36 channel mixer, plenty of outboard processors and a variety of microphones. The bright, spacious, double height live room features a Winchester piano, Pearl Export Drums and amps. There is a dead room and large studio lounge with comfy places to chill, Sky TV and entertainments system. Fantastic leisure facilities are new for 2010, with an indoor pool, built-in music system, and band sized hot tub. Complete your demo, listen back in the hot tub and contemplate how far you’ve come! The studio services include professional recording and mixing for all genres of music, introductory session vouchers from just £55 that make great gifts, and fun pop star parties for the X-factor and High School Musical generation. Parties are just £200 for up to 10 children and include party food, birthday cake, and a CD for the birthday star to take home with them! Attracting National bands, local artists, and those in education and just out to have fun with music; 100% of clients who complete the feedback questionnaire agree they would recommend the studio to their friends and that the studio represents value for money. Recently shortlisted for the Mayor’s Business Awards, head engineer and producer Isi Clarke comments “It's a great recognition of the progress we have made in a short space of time, the fantastic feedback we continue to receive from our clients and the difference we make to the local music scene.” A FREE music Hangout is hosted at the studio on the last Thursday of every month from 7.30pm. It is a great networking opportunity and has resulted in paid work and new collaborations. It’s open to anyone, regardless of age, music style, or experience so just come along or mail, thehangout@grangefarmstudio.com.

CALLING ALL ‘ARTS’ SESSIONAL WORKERS FENLAND ARTS NEEDS YOU Whether you are an artist, crafter, musician, film maker, dance teacher, musical or theatre director, make up artist or anything else creative please contact Katherine Nightingale at Fenland Arts. We are looking for sessional workers in all areas. Fenland

Contact: info@fenlandarts.org.uk

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August FenJazz, Oliver Cromwell Hotel

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Local group playing standard and classical jazz at the Oliver Cromwell 1st Sunday of every month. 7.30–10pm, FREE. Guest players and singers welcome. Brian Chadwick 01354 740129.

‘Bring and Share’ Festival, Wisbech

1st

Multi-cultural festival. See page 8. www.wisbechtowncouncil.org.uk

Dunhams Wood ‘Tree Trails’

1st

Dunhams Wood and Railway at March (signposted off the B1099). Wander around the wood, take part in the competition, take the miniature train and make sure you don’t get lost in the Maze. Free parking, light refreshments available, wheel chairs can be accommodated. £2 for adults, 50p for children, train rides are extra. 2.00-5.00pm. 01354 652134, email dunhamswood@tesco.net

Elgood’s Brewery & Garden ‘Special Sunday Opening’

1st

Garden and Visitor Centre 10am-4pm. Tel. 01945 583160. www.elgoods-brewery.co.uk

‘The Brink’ at Elme Hall Rock & Blues Club

1st

One of the area’s favourite live bands back for another hot performance to start the summer holidays. Doors open 3.30pm. Adults £3.00, accompanied under 14s free. Hotel residents and Sunday lunch diners free. www.elmehall.co.uk

The Dancing Bear, Coates Village Hall

2nd

Investigate the history of the Straw Bear of Whittlesey, make model bears and make them dance. 10.00 - 12.00 noon. For children aged 5 – 15. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission £1.50, adults free. 01553 773450.

The Scary Tale of Fearless Mary, Coates Village Hall

2nd

Hear the story of Fearless Mary, a girl who was not afraid of anything natural or supernatural. Make your own Mary, a bogle, boggart or dead hand to scare her? 1-3pm. For children aged 5 – 15. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. £1.50, adults free. 01553 773450.

Green Men and other Marsh Spirits, Wisbech and Fenland Museum

3rd

Listen to the old stories of the Fens, tales of Tiddy Mun and the Green Coaties, spirits of the Great Fen, protectors of the Fen people. Make a spirit mask to keep. 10am - 12 noon. For children aged 5 – 15. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. £1.50, adults free. 01553 773450.

The Curious World of the Butterbumps of the Bogs

3rd

Wisbech and Fenland Museum. Investigate the amazing wildlife of the Fens before they were drained. Learn about ‘devils darning needles’, ‘old nogs, ‘butterbumps’ and other wonderful wildlife. 1 - 3pm. For children aged 5 – 15. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission £1.50, adults free. 01553 773450.

‘Painting in Acrylic’ Workshop, Skylark Studios

4th

Basic colour, paint handling & application. Wednesdays throughout the Summer will be special one day workshops, for beginners or more experienced. Bring your own materials and packed lunch. 10.00am-3.00pm. £25/day or book 4 days £90. 01945 420403, www.skylarkstudios.co.uk

Bats & Barn Owls at Welney Wetland Centre

6th

9.30pm – 12midnight. Explore the reserve by night with a Welney warden. Listen to bats hunting around the reserve, explore the night-time visitors to the moth traps. Look for roosting wildlife and nocturnal hunters. £12. Booking essential. Tel.01353 860711. www.wwt.org.uk/welney

Mr Fuzzy, Summer Show with Ozzy The Bricstan Room, St.Peter’s and St. Paul’s Church, Chatteris. 11.00am. FREE. A Chatteris Summer Fun event. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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August 7th

Welney Wetland Centre Early birders’ at will be able to access the site between 8-8.30am to see the autumn waders. www.wwt.org.uk/welney Tel. 01353 860711.

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Fenland Visual Arts Collective Summer Open Studios

8th

Dunhams Wood ‘Tree Trails’

Members of the Fenland Visual Arts Collective open their studios to the public to exhibit their artwork. A variety of different artwork including painting, photography, assemblage and textiles will be for sale in a wide range of prices and there's the chance to see some of the artists at work. See posters, flyers and local press for further details or contact Marian Savill, Vice Chair, on 01945 450565.

See August 1st for details.

8th

Wisbech & District Historic Vehicle Club 18th Annual Road Run Start from Somers Road car park at 9.30am,1-4.30pm static display. Tel. 01945 584717

9th

Join the Exotic AnimalNExperience, March Library

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Meet an amazing range of live reptiles plus meerkats and other exotic animals and find out all about them from expert Mitch Price. Tickets £3.00, limited number so book early. Age 3 years +. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

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Green Men and other Marsh Spirits, March & District Museum Listen to the old stories of the Fens, tales of Tiddy Mun and the Green Coaties, spirits of the Great Fen, protectors of the Fen people. Make a spirit mask to keep. 10am-12 noon. For children aged 5 – 15. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. £1.50, adults free. 01553 773450.

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Learn to Paint Outdoors from Nature, Skylark Studios Special Wednesday one day workshops, for beginners or more experienced. Bring your own materials and packed lunch. 10.00am-3.00pm . £25/day or book 4 days £90. 01945 420403. www.skylarkstudios.co.uk

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The Curious World of the Butterbumps of the Bogs March & District Museum. Investigate the amazing wildlife of the Fens before they were drained. Learn about ‘devils darning needles’, ‘old nogs, ‘butterbumps’ and other wonderful wildlife. 1-3pm. For children aged 5 – 15. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission £1.50, adults free. 01553 773450.

12th

Samuel and the Worm, March & District Museum A strange and ghostly tale from the haunted Fens a story of giant worms, ghosts and dead hands that will amaze you! Make a giant worm or puppet ghost. 10am-12 noon.For children aged 5 – 15. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. £1.50, adults free. 01553 773450.

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Green Men and other Marsh Spirits, March & District Museum Listen to the old stories of the Fens, tales of Tiddy Mun and the Green Coaties, spirits of the Great Fen, protectors of the Fen people. Make a spirit mask to keep. 1-3pm

13th

Uncle Mick’s Variety Show The Bricstan Room, St.Peter’s and St. Paul’s Church, Chatteris. 11.00am. FREE. A Chatteris Summer Fun event. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

13th

‘Painting With Watercolours’, Skylark Studios One Day Workshop. 10am - 3pm, £35. To book or for more details ring Louise on 01945 420403. www.skylarkstudios.co.uk

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August Canoe Safari at Welney WWT Explore the hidden reaches of the reserve by canoe! Three 3-hour safaris per day, starting at 6am, 10am & 2pm. £25 per person. Booking essential via Tel 0845 409 1303. www.wwt.org.uk/welney

Fenland Visual Arts Collective Summer Open Studios See August 7th-8th for details.

Dunhams Wood ‘Tree Trails’

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See August 1st for details

Samuel and the Worm, Wisbech

17th

A strange and ghostly tale from the haunted Fens a story of giant worms, ghosts and dead hands that will amaze you! Make a giant worm or puppet ghost. 10am-12 noon. For children aged 5 – 15. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. £1.50, adults free. 01553 773450.

Giants, Ogres and Monsters of the Meres, Wisbech

17th

Explore through the frightening world of creatures and people that lived in the Fens. Listen to frightening Fenland stories and make your own mini-monster. 1-3pm. For children aged 5 – 15. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission £1.50, adults free. 01553 773450.

Express Yourself in Paint and Mixed Media, Skylark Studios

18th

Basic colour, paint handling & application. One day workshops, see August 9th for details.

Official First Day Cover - All Saints Walsoken Flower Festival

19th

The cover commemorates the life of Richard Young who was one of the first directors of the Great Eastern Railway and who lies in All Saints graveyard. Issue is limited to 200, with 55 of these signed by various celebrities who have railway connections (including Christopher Awdry, Bernard Cribbins and Michael Palin). Cost £17.50 signed, £12.50 unsigned, phone 01945 587952

Booster Cushion Theatre presents ‘Big Goldilocks and the Three Bears plus…” 20th The Bricstan Room, St.Peter’s and St. Paul’s Church, Market Hill, Chatteris. 11.00am. FREE. A Chatteris Summer Fun event. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

1 Day Drypoint Workshop, Skylark Studios

21st

10.00am - 3.00pm. Beginners & experienced welcome.£45 / day + the cost of perspex & quality paper. Inks included. 01945 420403. www.skylarkstudios.co.uk

Dunhams Wood ‘Tree Trails’

22nd

As above. Tel. 01354 652134, email dunhamswood@tesco.net

Discover What is Inhibiting Your Creativity, Skylark Studios

25th

One day workshops, see August 9th for details.

Phoenix Circus School, Circus Skills Show & Workshop

27th

The Bricstan Room, St.Peter’s and St. Paul’s Church, Market Hill, Chatteris. 11.00am. FREE. A Chatteris Summer Fun event. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

‘Soft Pastels’, Skylark Studios

27th

One Day Workshop. 10am - 3pm, £35. 01945 420403. www.skylarkstudios.co.uk.

Late night opening at Welney Wetland Centre

28th

Until 8pm (last admission 5pm) Tel. 01353 860711. www.wwt..org.uk/welney

Annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Dunhams Wood Bring your bears to enter our competitions! 2-5pm. 01354 652134, dunhamswood@tesco.net

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‘Bring and Share’ Festival, Wisbech, Sunday 1st August Organised by Wisbech Youth Council, this music, food and dance festival brings fun and games to the town. To be opened at 12.00 noon by local band The Brink, the free event continues with Chatteris (Brass) Town Band, African Heritage music and dance, Bollywood, Polish Dancers, the DUDI crew (young musicians from Fenland Arts Association) and more, finishing with the Leon Band at 7.00pm. The Rosmini Centre will provide food from a dozen cultures and Grays Amusements are providing a fairground with lots of rides for all the family. Fenland Arts will run a global citizenship workshop throughout the afternoon, supported by Young Lives who will be filming some of the festival, and there will be an Art Exhibition arranged by FenVAC (Fenland Visual Artists), whose Chairman Rob Morris is the festival’s official photographer. Also look out for the marquee dedicated to providing information about a wide range of services to the people of Wisbech and district. A great chance to experience lots of different cultures through their food, music and dance! The Brink, opening the festival Wisbech Park, 12 noon - 8pm, free of charge

Greener Living Fair, March, Sunday 21st August If you’re looking for a free, fun-packed afternoon for all the family to enjoy, why not come down to Fenland’s third annual Greener Living Fair? It’s taking place on Saturday 21st August 2010 from 12 noon until 5pm at West End Park, March. The Fair is a great opportunity for you to see how easy it can be to lead a greener lifestyle, while having fun at the same time. There will be loads of free activities for everyone to enjoy. Why not try your hand at circus skills, rock climbing, or building and learning how to play your own musical instrument from junk? Or what about making a ‘bug hotel’ or designing clothes and other items from other people’s rubbish? There will also be a variety of stalls promoting and selling green products, from organic fruit and veg boxes, Fairtrade products, water and energy saving advice and products, smarter driving techniques and recycling and composting advice. The list goes on….. For those of you who are feeling extra green, why not cycle to the park and take advantage of the free bike health checks from the Bike Doctor? And if none of the above whets your appetite, you could always just come along to the park and sit and listen to the steel pan band or watch the birds of prey demonstrations. The free event is being organised by Fenland Environment Partnership and if you would like any further details, please contact Tash Hawden at Fenland District Council on 01354 622317 or nhawden@fenland.gov.uk.


Fenland Heritage Weekend, 9th-12th September This September, properties across Fenland will throw open their doors for free as part of England’s annual celebration of local architecture, history and culture, taking place on September 9th – 12th. Supported nationally by English Heritage and run locally by an army of volunteers and community champions, Heritage Open Days takes place on people doorstops and is the country’s leading grassroots cultural event, offering people the chance to visit those historic, cultural and architectural gems not normally open to the public or which usually charge an admission fee. Wisbech has been part of this event for several years and this September it will be joined by March, Whittlesey and Chatteris to ensure the whole of the district is taking part. Visitors will be able to enjoy local architecture and culture with free access to properties that are normally closed to the public or which charge an entrance fee. Local attractions will include the Angles Theatre, the Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum, Wisbech Grammar School, Octavia Hill Birthplace House, Whittlesey Museum and Chatteris Museum. More properties will be confirmed closer to the time and a special booklet detailing all the weekend’s events will be available in August. Details can also be found on the national website, www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

Whittlesey Festival 12th September A fantastic day out for families and individuals alike. We kick off at 10.00am with the Peterborough Highland Band marching through the streets to the Buttercross. During the day there will be a surprise performance from another famous marching Band. Some of the attractions for the children include a climbing wall (there’s also one for adults too), a bouncy castle, face painting, puppets, pony rides and some traditional “ Victorian Swing Boats” to bring a real touch of nostalgia. There will also be a children’s Fancy Dress competition and a Beautiful Baby competition with opportunities to win great prizes. There are plenty of activities for the adults too, including a vast array of stalls selling crafts and food items that are guaranteed to please as well as a Tug of War competition and a large classic car display. Local schools will be presenting different activities and there will be dancing near the Buttercross performed by the Whittlesey Christian Church Dance Group. As part of the Festival we will also be hosting the Schools Art Competition which last year attracted over 100 entries. This year promises to attract even more entries, as the schools are already busy preparing their entries. There are prizes and trophies for the winning entries to be awarded by the Major of Whittlesey. All the entries will be on display at the Whittlesey Christian Church in Broad Street on Festival Day. We hope everyone will come along to enjoy a real family day out. For more information please call Pauline Edge on 01733 208414.


September 1st

Elgood’s Brewery Garden Show and Craft Fair 10.00am - 4.00pm. Entrance £3.00

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‘Storm’ at Elme Hall Rock & Blues Club Classic Rock band from Peterborough. One of the best around. Doors open 3.30pm. Adults £3.00, accompanied under 14s free. Hotel residents and Sunday lunch diners free. www.elmehall.co.uk

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FenJazz, Oliver Cromwell Hotel Local group playing standard and classical jazz at the Oliver Cromwell 1st Sunday of every month. 7.30–10pm, FREE. Guest players and singers welcome. For more information contact Brian Chadwick 01354 740129.

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Heritage Open Days

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Welney Wetland Centre

Historic buildings across Fenland open to the public as part of a scheme which celebrates our architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Storm ‘Early Birders’ will be able to access the site between 8-8.30am to see the autumn waders . www.wwt.org.uk/welney Tel. 01353 860711

11th - Flower Festival, All Saints Walsoken 16th Entitled ‘Stamping It Out in Church’, all the displays will be based on previous issues of British

postage stamps. During 11th/12th it is part of the Heritage Weekend trail, with talks at 2pm on both days. On Saturday at 5pm there is an auction with many signed items and a talk from Andrew Ingram in the evening. Village Hog Roast on 16th. For more information go to www.allsaintswalsoken.co.uk or ring 01945 587952 or 07765 225858.

12th

‘The Breeze’ at Elme Hall Rock & Blues Club The ever popular local indie rock/pop band makes a welcome return. Doors open 3.30pm. Adults £3.00, accompanied under 14s free. Hotel residents and Sunday lunch diners free. www.elmehall.co.uk

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Whittlesey Festival, Street Market and Carnival A whole town event with an arts festival, entertainment, attractions, such as crafts, marching band, buskers, puppet show. The fairground rides are free for all children. See centre pages for more details.

14th - Charles David Photography Ltd Open Studio Week 18th Just drop in to C5 March Enterprise Park, Thorby Avenue, March, PE15 0AZ between 10:00am and 5:00pm. See www.charlesdavidphotography.co.uk for more details.

18th

Apple Day at Willock Farm, Rummers Lane, Wisbech St Mary Enjoy a guided walk around a 22 acre organic orchard, apple identification, apples and juice for sale. 10am-4pm


September ‘Soft Tone Needles’ at Elme Hall Rock & Blues Club

19th

This astounding nine piece Northern Soul outfit amaze wherever they play, and they play so well. Doors open 3.30pm. Adults £3.00, accompanied under 14s free. Hotel residents and Sunday lunch diners free. www.elmehall.co.uk

‘Bug Buddies’ at Welney Wetland Centre

19th

Activities for all ages. A Carnival programme will include….Moths for Breakfast - help the warden identify the moths caught in the moth traps overnight, pondemonium - pond-dipping session, minibeast mayhem - search the grasses for the creepy crawlies lurking there as well as arts & crafts. 10am – 4pm. Normal admission applies Tel. 01353 860711 www.wwt.org.uk/welney

Autumn Fair at WWT Welney

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Art & craft exhibitions, stalls and demonstrations. Fun for all the family. 10.30am-4.30pm Tel. 01353 860711, info.welney@wwt.org.uk, www.wwt.org.uk/welney

‘Snakewater’ at Elme Hall Rock & Blues Club

26th

All the way from Manchester, Snakewater are a young three piece outfit who play the kind of rock 'n roll blues that British bands used to excel at: hard, driving, raw and from the heart. Doors open 3.30pm. Adults £3.00, accompanied under 14s free. Hotel residents and Sunday lunch diners free. www.elmehall.co.uk

Bandstand Marathon

26th

With March Brass, West End Park, March. Starts 2.00pm. March Brass are also playing at Sandringham Gardens on 19th September and at Hunstanton Bandstand on 12th September.

Elgood's Beer Festival Elgood’s Brewery & Garden ‘Garden Show and Craft Fair’ 12 noon -10.30pm Tel. 01945 583160 www.elgoods-brewery.co.uk

Snakewater

30th - 2nd Oct


Churches Together in March As the name suggests, CTIM is a group of Christian churches (Anglian, Methodist, Baptist, Roman Catholic and Evangelical) who believe that the message of Christianity can be brought to the community much better by meeting and working together than by remaining apart from each other. Ministers and lay representatives from each of the churches meet regularly to discuss and plan ecumenical activities and events. Members Churches are as follows, together with email contact details for specific information regarding individual churches (times of service, weddings, baptism and funerals etc.) St.Peter’s High Street and St.Mary’s Westry (Anglican), Revd Anthony Chandler (anthonychandler@btinternet.com) Revd Jenny Webb (revdjennywebb@btinternet.com) St.Wendreda’s Wimblington Road and St.John’s Station Road (Anglican), Revd Peter Blaxandall (peterblaxandall@sky.com) Our Lady of Good Counsel and St.Peter (Roman Catholic), St.John’s Road Revd Martin Wells (mwells24@btinternet.com) Trinity, High Street (Methodist/United Reformed), Rev Manivasagan (Manny) Pillay (manivasagan04@aol.com) Centenary, High Street (Baptist), Jane Garry (jane_garry@talktalk.net) Powerhouse (Evangelical), City Road Revds Christine and Jim MacIntyre (helpinghands@aol.com) Evangelical Fellowship, Upwell Road, Pastor Dennis Jordan (dennis@jordan818.freeserve.co.uk) Fenland Community Church, Scout Hut, Creek Road (special services for people with learning disabilities) Marilyn and Ed Kerr (e.kerr@plumbline.org.uk)


Clubs and Groups CHATTERIS Savage Studios Art Sessions, Open art sessions Mondays 10am–12pm and Thursdays 7–9pm. Artists of all abilities welcome. One to one and small group tuition is also available. Life class session on Mondays 7–9pm. Savage Studios is above the Honest John public house, South Park Street, Chatteris, PE16 6AR. For more information contact Richard on 01354 696421. Chatteris Youth Club King Edward Centre, Chatteris, Wednesdays 7-8.30pm. Contact Debbie Hamilton, Lead Youth Worker, March/Chatteris Locality, 01354 651703

MARCH Everybodysalsa, March Classes and Freestyle Club, The GER members club, Robin Goodfellows Way, March, PE15 8HS. www.everybodysalsa.com, or call Alan on 01733 344934 March Concert Singers Meet every Tuesday 7.30pm at St Peter's Church, March. All singers welcome, but especially tenors and basses. Contact Heather Hewitt 01354 654783.

Model Railway Club, March Held at The British Legion, Rookwood Road, March, every Wednesday evening from about 7.30pm. All interested welcome. Contact Brian Wakeling 01354 680032. DoUDigIt Jammin Sessions, March Town Hall. Come and jam with our experienced musicians. Every other Thursday starting June 17th, 6.30pm–8pm. Ages 9+, all levels of experience welcome. Bring your own instrument or borrow one of ours. £2.00 per session.

DoUDigIt Newbie Sessions. Would you like to play guitar, keyboards or drums and don’t have access to the instruments. Come along and learn to play with our experienced musicians the second Thursday of every month, starting June 10th. £2.00 a session.

March Camera Club meets 7:30pm every Thursday evening from September to April inclusive at The British Red Cross Hall, Robingoodfellows Lane, March, Cambs. PE15 8HL. Please see www.marchcameraclub.org.uk for more details. You are welcome to try an evening or two before joining Alan Norris Big Band rehearsal every Tuesday at St Peters Hall, for more information contact Brian Chadwick 01354 740129..

Dodgers YPM March young people with disabilities, every other Monday, YPM March 7-8.30pm. Contact Debbie Hamilton, Lead Youth Worker, March/Chatteris Locality, 01354 651703

Bramley Line Heritage Railway Trust – preserving local heritage - meetings monthly in March and Wisbech, events and exhibitions. Working parties on the line Wednesdays & Sundays for ages 16+. www.bramleyline.org.uk or call Simon on 07799 337283.


Clubs and Groups WHITTLESEY Whittlesey Youth Club A programme of clubs to suit a variety of ages and interests, held at Youth and Community Centre, 15 Scaldgate, Whittlesey and some other venues. For more information call 01733 203624.

Whittlesey Children's Centre A variety of sessions for children and parents at the Children’s Centre, New Road, Whittlesey. Contact Danielle Lenton, Senior Family Involvement Worker, 07717 658811

WISBECH Wisbech Tennis Club c/o 5 Third Avenue, Wisbech, Cambs. PE13 2BJ; 01945 584319; wisbechtennisclub@btinternet.com; www.wisbechtennisclub.org.uk

Indian Dance Classes

Stanley Grange Dance Studio, Redmoor Lane, Wisbech. Tuesdays 6-7.30pm, starting 1st June. Thursdays 4-5 pm, starting 3rd of June. Contact number for more details 07712886423. Teacher Alpana Sengupta.

Yoga Classes St Peter's Church Hall,Wednesdays. Vinyasa Flow, a dynamic, flowing, powerful and playful style of Yoga 6-7:30pm. Hatha Yoga promoting positive health and well being 7:30-9pm. Beginners always welcome £4 per class, mats provided. Check the website for more info www.yoganandy.webs.com or call Andy on 07517 489096.

Bramley Line Heritage Railway Trust – preserving local heritage - meetings monthly in March and Wisbech, events and exhibitions. Working parties on the line Wednesdays & Sundays for ages 16+. www.bramleyline.org.uk or call Simon on 07799 337283 WISBECH MUSIC SOCIETY Next season will be Wisbech Music Society's sixty-fifth. For the past sixty four years the Society has been presenting concerts in Wisbech. These have mainly been by small groups and soloists of the highest quality and the Society sets out to attract audiences by offering a wide range of music. The last two seasons have included a programme of film music, a concert by a soloist from Welsh National Opera as well as the Hereward Ensemble string quartet and a piano recital by award winning Robert Scarmadella. There usually three or four concerts each season and they are held in various locations in the town. They offer a chance for music lovers to hear live music without having to travel far to do so and we hope that even more people will come to our sixty-fifth season so that music can be kept alive in Wisbech and the Fens. If you would like more information please phone either Roger Powell(chairman) 01945 585073 or William Morris (secretary) 01945 463230.

VILLAGES Warhammer and Dungeons & Dragons Club, Benwick Meets in Benwick Village Hall every other Saturday 12-3pm. April 3rd & 17th, May 1st, 15th & 29th. For ages 10+, price £3.50. Contact Philip or Robert Taylor, 01354 677763, www.warhammer-dungeondragons.zoomshare.com

Guyhirn Youth Club Guyhirn Village Hall,every other Monday, 6.30-8.30pm. Contact Debbie Hamilton, Lead Youth Worker, March/Chatteris Locality, 01354 651703

Manea Youth Club Manea Village Hall, Tuesdays, 7-8.30pm. Contact Debbie Hamilton, Lead Youth Worker, March/Chatteris Locality, 01354 651703 Fifty Plus Club, Wimblington Third Tuesday of the month, Parish Hall, 2-4pm. A new club for the 50+ age group to socialise, with plans for speakers and outings. Contact Pat Hart, 01354 740654 or via email at patandterry.hart@tiscali.co.uk Watercolour Painting Classes, Gorefield Village Hall, Gote Lane Gorefield. 6 week terms starting in September through to the May 2011. Email Dmikestuart@aol.com.

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Further Afield The Farmland Museum, Denny Abbey; Activities and Workshops Children’s activities - August 5th, Collage Creations; August 12th, Moving Pictures; August 19th, Cow Day; August 26th, Painting on Grass; September 2nd, Clay Day. These informal days run by the education department are aimed at children who are 4+ and accompanied by an adult. 12-4pm. Adults £4, Concessions £3, Children over 5 £3. No need to book. Adult Craft Workshops - August 15th and September 12th, Plant Dyeing. Suitable for all levels, including beginners. £49 including materials. September 4th/5th - Art Weekend. Please bring your own materials. Tea and coffee will be provided, but please bring a packed lunch. Cost: £17 for any one day, £27 for both days. Prior Booking Required. Phone 01223 860 988, email info@farmlandmuseum.org.uk, www.dennyfarmlandmuseum.org.uk

Cambridge Rock Festival A four day festival with a great line-up over two stages. Buy a day ticket, or stay for the whole event. Camping and caravans. Children’s activities. www.cambridgerockfestival.co.uk for more details or to buy tickets.

5th 8th Aug

Ramsey 1940s Weekend 21st Ramsey takes a trip back in time as it returns to the 1940s to remember the sights and sounds of this historic era. The daytime will see a procession of vintage vehicles, living history displays, stalls, Forties fashion shows and other special events. Authentic 1940s memorablilia for sale, and a wealth of eating outlets. 10am - 5pm both days, with a 1940s dance on Saturday. www.ramsey1940sweekend.info or 01524 264928.

22nd Aug

Peterborough Beer Festival 24th On the Embankment. Beers, cider, perry, even wine! Live music, food and stalls. www.peterborough-camra.org.uk

28th Aug

Family Event Days, The Farmland Museum, Denny Abbey 29th Medieval Life and Times. Find out all about Medieval Life in the Black Knight Medieval Camp. Enjoy archery and combat demonstrations, cookery and crafts in this fun event for all of the family! 10.30am - 5pm. Adults £5, Concessions £4, Children over 5 £3 Phone 01223 860 988, email info@farmlandmuseum.org.uk, www.dennyfarmlandmuseum.org.uk

30th Aug

Battle of Britain Air Show

4th 5th Sept

Duxford Air Show Imperial War Museum, Duxford. An evocative commemoration of the aerial battle that proved the strategic turning point in the Second World War. Spitfires galore and the Red Arrows on both days! Tel. 01223 835000, www.iwm.org.uk

Harvest at Denny Abbey A day of food, drink and merriment with The Friends of The Farmland Museum. 10.30am - 5pm. Adults £5, Concessions £4, Children over 5 £3 Phone 01223 860 988, email info@farmlandmuseum.org.uk, www.dennyfarmlandmuseum.org.uk

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26th Sept


ELGOOD’S BREWERY & GARDENS NORTH BRINK, WISBECH

OPEN FOR THE 2010 SEASON UNTIL THURSDAY 30 th SEPTEMBER Open every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 11.30 – 4.30 Brewery Tour at 2.00 ───────

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GARDEN SHOW & CRAFT FAIR SUNDAY 5th SEPTEMBER 2010 10.00 – 4.00 Entrance £3 ALSO OPEN th

SUNDAY 4 JULY & 1st AUGUST 1.00 – 4.00 Tel: 01945 583160/Fax: 01945 587711 e-mail: info@elgoods-brewery.co.uk web: www.elgoods-brewery.co.uk


What's On Aug/Sept 2010